The musical spirit of Yuletide returns when the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra presents its Noël! Noël! annual concerts with the acclaimed Brandenburg Choir.
This year, the program returns to a more traditional selection of ‘absolute delights’ promises Artistic Director Paul Dyer, and features a talented young singer, Bonnie de la Hunty whom Paul believes is one of the outstanding voices of the new generation of performers. She will take centre stage as soloist, the third young Perth soprano to star in Noël! Noël!
“In the early Noël! Noël! concerts, emerging sopranos Sara Macliver and Taryn Fiebig were guest soloists and they have both gone on to major careers as performers and recording artists,” says Paul. “I see a similar trajectory for Bonnie de la Hunty. She is a star on the rise and people will remember the first time they hear this magnificent young voice.”
One of the most popular Brandenburg traditions, Noël! Noël! touches on the religious but is firmly grounded in the spiritual. Paul Dyer always includes music that moves people of all faiths and beliefs, including traditional favourites like O Come All Ye Faithful and Stille Nacht, along with something fun and something thrown in to give each Noël! Noël! its own special twist.
Bonnie de la Hunty has returned to Australia after studying early music singing at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the same school where Paul Dyer studied. “I wanted to connect with like-minded musicians when I returned to Australia and I emailed Paul to introduce myself. Less than a week later he asked me in to sing for him” she says. “I love Christmas. I bake and make decorations all through December. Now I’ll have the chance to sing incredibly beautiful Baroque and Renaissance music, as well as traditional carols, alongside the musicians and choristers of the Brandenburg.”
The musicians: Bonnie de la Hunty soprano / Brandenburg Choir/Australian Brandenburg Orchestra/ Paul Dyer AO Artistic Director & harpsichord/organ
Program includes: von Bingen (arr. Palmer) O Euchari in Laeta Via/Gregorian Chant Rorate Coeli / Veni Veni Emmanuel/Crüger Nu kom der Heyden heyland/Eccard Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier/Tye & Tate While Shepherds Watched/Monteverdi Laudate dominum/
Traditional (arr. Palmer) Gartan Mother’s Lullaby/ Guerrero Maria Magdalena/Hopkins Jr. (arr. Palmer) We Three Kings of Orient Are/
Rameau (arr. Dyer) ‘Ô Nuit’ from Hippolyte et Aricie/ Traditional (arr. Palmer) O Little Town of Bethlehem/ Palmer Christmas Medley/
Ešenvalds Only in Sleep/ Adam (arr. Palmer) O Holy Night/ Gruber Stille Nacht/ Traditional O Come All Ye Faithful
SYDNEY: City Recital Hall -Wed 12 Dec at 5PM & 7PM / Sat 15 Dec at 5PM & 7PM
CHURCH CONCERTS: PADDINGTON St Francis of Assisi Church Mon, 10 Dec at 7PM and Tue 11 Dec at 7PM/ WOLLONGONG St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral Thu 13 Dec at 7PM/ PARRAMATTA St Patrick’s Cathedral Mon 17 Dec at 7:30PM/ MOSMAN St Clement’s Anglican Church, Tue 18 Dec at 7PM/ NEWTOWN St Stephen’s Anglican Church Wed 19 Dec at 7PM.
BOOKINGS: Ph: 1300 782 856 / (02) 9328 7581 or www.brandenburg.com.au